, Corbin, KY


July 27, 2011

Police Roundup

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Man wakes up, stops burglar

A Knox County man woke up early Tuesday morning and subdued a would-be burglar in his bedroom, according to Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Trooper Shane Jacobs.

The KSP responded to a call of a home invasion of a home on Baker Road in the Boone Height community. Upon arrival, police discovered a broken bedroom window and the suspect subdued by the victim.

Police report the victim was awakened from sleep, but was able to gain control of the suspect and hold him down until police arrived. The victim was uninjured.

Police arrested Jeffrey Allen Vaughn, 38, of Bimble and charged him with second-degree burglary. He was transported to the Knox County Detention Center.

Trooper First Class Dallas Eubanks continues the investigation. Members of the Knox County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

Laurel County man killed in a wreck in Knott County

A Laurel County man was killed in a single car collision on Hwy 15 in Knott County Monday, according to Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Trooper First Class Tony Watts.

Police have determined that Chester Smith, 46, of London was killed when the tractor-trailer he was driving northbound suddenly veered off the roadway, striking a guardrail and overturning.

Smith, who was not wearing a seat belt, had to be extricated by the Letcher Fire and Rescue and the Vicco/Sassafras Fire Department. Smith was pronounced dead by Knott County Coroner Jeff Blair.

KSP Trooper Joe Dials continues the investigation and he was assisted by CVE Officer Anthony Bersaglia.

Five arrested for making meth in Whitley County

Five people were arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine near Corbin Monday, according to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.

A combined drug task force acted upon a complaint at a residence on Hwy 90. Upon approaching the house, officers smelled a strong chemical odor consistent with making meth.

The officers then obtained and executed a search warrant, discovering an active meth lab, six grams of meth and other items associated with the manufacture of meth.

Arrested were: Shanda Caldwell, 36, William Keith Marcum, 47, Josh Caldwell, 18, William Wells, 20, and a 15-year-old juvenile.

The adults were charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine and fourth-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

The adults were transported to the Whitley County Detention Center. The juvenile was taken into protective custody, decontaminated and transported to a hospital for examination by Social Services.

The Laurel County Department of Public Safety removed the hazardous waste at the home and conducted decontamination of all  suspects.

The task force was composed of Whitley County Captain Greg Pace, Special Agent Robert O’Neil of the U.S. Forest Service and KSP Detective Kelley Farris. Assisting at the scene were Whitley County Deputies Shawn Jackson and Kenny Shepherd.

Two wrecks occur on I-75 within three miles of each other in Whitley County

Two wrecks occurred on I-75 in Whitley County Monday within three miles of each and only 90 minutes apart, according to Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement  Public Information Officer Steven Douglas.

Around 3 p.m., officers responded to a commercial vehicle accident near the five mile marker in southern Whitley County.

Officers determined that Melissa Howard, 32, of Williamsburg, was northbound when she lost control of her Blazer, striking a double-bottom, tractor-trailer driven by Charles Cunningham of Pine Bluff, Ark.

Cunningham escaped injury when the outermost rear trailer overturned.

Police say a slick road surface may have been the cause of the accident. Crews worked for several hours cleaning debris from the roadway. Officer Joey Ray Caldwell continues the investigation. He was assisted by CVE Sergeant Mike Taylor, the Whitley County EMS and the South Whitley Fire Department.

Around 4:30 p.m., police responded to a two vehicle accident near the two mile marker where three people seriously hurt, Douglas said.

Police determined that a 2010 tractor trailer driven by Kevin Knowland, of Lenoir, Tenn., was northbound on I-75 when he rear-ended a 2007 Ford Expedition driven by Richard Fannin of Florence.

Three passengers in the Expedition were airlifted to the University of Tennessee with possible internal injuries.

Police say that drugs and alcohol are not suspected in the collision.

Douglas continues the investigation and was assisted by Jerry Rains of the State Emergency Management, Air EVAC and the Whitley County EMS.

Possible phone scam in Laurel County

Laurel County Sheriff John Root wants to warn everyone of a possible phone scam that may have occurred in Laurel County.

Sergeant E.R. Rudder is investigating a possible scam concerning a victim who said he was contacted by someone asking for his correct bank information and social security number.

The victim said he was told the information was needed to protect him from identity theft. The victim refused to give out the information and the caller hung up.

A Google search of the number 480-346-5120 found it be from a company called Simple.Net in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Rudder continues the investigation.

Root wants to warn everyone never to disclose person information over the telephone.

Stolen vehicle recovered in Knox County

The Kentucky State Police Marijuana Eradication Team spotted a stolen vehicle in Knox County Monday, according to Public Affairs Officer Trooper Shane Jacobs.

The team spotted a silver car parked in the woods off of US 25E in the Gray community. Units from Post 10 responded and located the vehicle.

The 1994 Ford Mustang GT had been stolen from Washington County, Indiana on June 1.

Trooper First Class Dallas Eubanks continues the investigation.

Laurel man arrested for burglary

A Laurel man has been arrested for burglary Monday, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

A burglary occurred at a residence on Sibert Road, five miles east of London Sunday night after the front door had been kicked out and a bedroom window broken. Several items were stolen, including a camera.

Following an investigation, Deputy Kirk Mays arrested Shawn C. Barnes, 30, of Pittsburg. Barnes was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree burglary.

Barnes was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.

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